ACVA Ethics and Standards Guidelines

Section B: Confidentiality

B.1. RIGHT TO PRIVACY
a. Respect for Privacy: Astrologers respect their client’s right to privacy and avoid unwarranted disclosures of confidential information.

b. Multiple Relationships: When an astrologer agrees to provide consulting services for someone at the request of a third party, the astrologer clarifies that confidentiality will be maintained with respect to both parties.

c. Client Waiver: The right to confidentiality may be waived by the client or their legally recognized representative.

d. Exceptions: The general requirement that astrologers keep information confidential does not apply when disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the client or others. Astrologers may chose to seek legal advice in such situations.

e. Supervision: If client treatment will involve a continued review by a supervisor or treatment team, the client will be informed of the supervisor/team’s existence. Astrologers obtain the client’s permission before presenting the case, and assure clients that names and other identifying information that is not essential to the supervisory process will be withheld.

f. Group Work: In group work, astrologers clearly define confidentiality and the parameters for the specific group being entered, explain its importance, and discuss the difficulties related to confidentiality involved in group work. The fact that confidentiality cannot be guaranteed is clearly communicated to the faculty and students.

g. Minor Clients: When interpreting charts of individuals who are minors and who are unable to give voluntary, informed consent, parents or guardians may be included in the counseling process as appropriate. Astrologers act in the best interests of clients and take measures to safeguard confidentiality.

h. Confidentiality of Records: Astrologers are responsible for securing the safety and confidentiality of any records they create, maintain, or transfer whether the records are written, taped, computerized, or stored in any other medium.

i. Permission to Record or Observe: Astrologers obtain permission from clients prior to electronically recording or observing sessions.

j. Disclosure or Transfer: Astrologers obtain written permission from clients to disclose or transfer records to legitimate third parties (e.g., therapists or other astrologers). Steps are taken to ensure that receivers of records are sensitive to their confidential nature.

B.2. THIRD PARTY HOROSCOPES
a. Interpretation of a Third Party’s Horoscope: If a client wants an astrologer to interpret the chart of a third party, it is incumbent upon the astrologer to ask the client to obtain the third party’s permission.

b. Failure to obtain permission: If the primary client does not obtain permission from the third party, astrologers may use the third party’s birth data to better understand the client’s relationship with this third party, but avoids direct interpretation of third party horoscopes to the client.

c. Synastry and composite charts: For purposes of synastry or composite charts, astrologers may utilize the birth data of third parties without their permission. However, astrologers avoid direct interpretation of third party horoscopes to the client.

B.3. RESEARCH AND TRAINING
a. Data Disguise Required: Use of data derived from counseling relationships for purposes of training, research, or publication is disguised to ensure the anonymity of the individuals involved. Such disguises may include, but are not limited to, false names, gender, geographical location, race, career, and other indicators that can be altered without losing the essential significance of the data.

b. Agreement for Identification: Identification of a client in a presentation or publication is permissible only when the client has reviewed the material and has agreed to its presentation or publication.

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